SPRINGFIELD- Events at the Sparta World Shooting and Recreation Complex will have new protections to allow them to continue to attract large events and vendors, due to legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) that was signed into law on July 12.
"This is the result of Southern Illinois leaders coming together and working to protect an important local economic driver from over-burdensome state rules," said Schimpf. "This new law will help protect the future of the Sparta complex by ensuring that it will be able to continue to draw world-class events."
Senate Bill 1139 provides specific exemptions for businesses and firearms sales at WSRC events that would have been severely effected, limited, or outright banned by the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.
Without the exemptions, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act would have increased costs and administrative burdens for many of the vendors that typically set up during events at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. These new regulations could have led to national shooting events choosing a different venue. Senator Schimpf voted against the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.
In addition, the legislation also updates concealed carry regulations and allows current and retired police officers to carry while hunting.
"I would like to thank Governor Pritzker for recognizing the importance of the WSRC to the area and signing this legislation into law," said Schimpf.